Pro-democracy demonstrations backed by Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (a member of the Pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals) took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 31. To prevent a new round of protests, police fired tear gas outside churches as the faithful left Sunday Mass on January 21.
“It is not about being in favor of or against something, but about attentively evaluating various possibilities without being closed or rigid,” said Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, who cited the pastoral needs of remote Amazon communities and Pacific islands.
Vatican representatives have asked at least two bishops of China’s “underground” Catholic Church to resign, allowing for bishops supported by the government to take their places, the AsiaNews service reports. AsiaNews discloses that Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou, who is recognized by the Holy See, was asked to step aside. He would be replaced by Bi […]
Pope Francis defended his support for a Chilean bishop accused of ignoring clerical abuse, as well as his decision to preside at the impromptu wedding of two flight attendants, during an exchange with reporters who accompanied him on his return flight to Rome on January 22 at the conclusion of a visit to Chile and Peru.
Bruges, Belgium, Jan 23, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA).- Ivo Poppe, a 61-year old Catholic deacon in Belgium, went on trial this week under the suspicion of killing at least ten people, including multiple family members. In 2014, Poppe was arrested after telling his psychiatrist that he had “euthanized” dozens of people, according to the BBC. Based on the deacon’s d […]
Damascus, Syria, Jan 22, 2018 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An estimated nine people were killed in a bombing on Monday afternoon in Damascus. The shelling targeted the Bab Touma and al-Shaghour districts, which are historically Christian areas, and several churches were damaged as well. At least 18 additional people in Old Damascus were injured in the bombin […]
Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2018 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday for a rally and march supporting the dignity of every human life and proclaiming that every human person is “made for greater.” “God made a decision to make each one of you. He decided to make you, to make me. This is how special we are to him,” said Arch […]
Paris, France, Jan 22, 2018 / 04:51 pm (ACI Prensa).- Heavy rains did not deter huge crowds from gathering in the streets of Paris for the city’s March for Life on Sunday. Organizers estimated that about 40,000 people showed up for the march, which had as its theme, “From darkness to light.” Despite the heavy rain, the marchers completed the entire route. Th […]
Denver, Colo., Jan 22, 2018 / 04:37 pm (CNA).- It is no secret that the pontificate of Pope Francis has been a challenge for Church leaders to navigate, and the bishops of the United States are no exception. A man often called the Pope of surprises, who has encouraged Catholics to “make a mess,” the pontiff’s spontaneity, new approaches, and willingness to […]
Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2018 / 03:55 pm (CNA).- Last week, I attended the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. I have attended the march on several occasions before, and it is always a beautiful and encouraging experience. But unfortunately, I also witnessed something at this year’s march that was discouraging. As marchers arrive at the Supreme Court […]
Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2018 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- US President Donald Trump has proclaimed that Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion nationwide, is being observed as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. “Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deser […]
Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2018 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- One year ago, President Trump reinstituted and expanded the Mexico City Policy, widening a ban on funding for NGOs that are involved in abortion—a ban that could shift tens of millions of dollars away from groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Backers and foes of the policy have voiced t […]
Haifa, Israel, Jan 22, 2018 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are among the oldest extant biblical manuscripts, have been a topic of interest since they were discovered in the Qumran Caves in the West Bank beginning in 1946. More recently, Israeli scholars have pieced together some of the last fragments of the ancient documents, revealing new in […]
Vatican City, Jan 22, 2018 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a conversation with journalists on his return flight from Peru to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the people of Peru and Chile, clerical sexual abuse, his recent in-flight marriage celebration, and the Amazon region, among other topics. Here is CNA's full transcript of the Pope's i […]